Heather's Picks

Heather found her way to Phoenix Books after retiring from full-time teaching. Her primary interest is in fiction, but she also ventures into poetry, nature, gardening, biography, history, and mystery. Lately, she has been reading some middle grade fiction to help young people.

Trowel and Error by Sharon Lovejoy

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Heather

This book has ingenious tips and shortcuts to make your gardening more effective and pleasant . . . even for experienced gardeners.

Trowel and Error: Over 700 Organic Remedies, Shortcuts, and Tips for the Gardener Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780761126324
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - January 15th, 2002

The Writing on my Forehead by Nafisa Haji

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Heather

If you liked The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, this book will speak to you. Saira, a free-spirited Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, comes to see her grandparents and parents in a new way. She helps us understand the connections to family.

The Writing on My Forehead: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061493867
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 2nd, 2010

Gardening for a Lifetime by Sydney Eddison

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Heather

Written by a knowledgeable veteran gardener. Sydney Eddison shares tips on how to change our gardening to match our lifestyle. Beautiful drawings and information complement this book of wisdom.

Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781604692662
Published: Timber Press - April 13th, 2011

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

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Heather

Compelling personal narratives of oppressed girls and women by Pulitzer prize winning journalist Kristof and his wife WuDunn, who propell readers to make a difference. The book provides resources for improving the lives of women around the world.

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387097
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010

The Sweetness of Tears by Nafsa Haji

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Heather

In her second novel, Haji weaves together stories of three generations. What would be your reaction if you discvered your biological father was a Muslim? The protagonist also has to help her twin brother cope with PTSD after his tour of duty in Iraq. This novel helps readers to understand American Muslims and dispels stereotypes.

The Sweetness of Tears: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061780103
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2011

Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron

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Heather

The protagonist, Jean Patrick Nkuba, trains to represent Rwanda in the Olympics.  As political tension mounts between Tutsis and Hutus, he is drawn into the political strife that turns neighbor against neighbor.  Jean Patrick runs to escape the genocide.  He shows the resilience of the human spirit.

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$24.95
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ISBN: 9781616200428
Published: Algonquin Books - January 3rd, 2012

Running the Rift: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616201944
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2012

Imagine, by Johah Lehrer

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Heather

For those of us interested in the creative process Lehrer shows how different parts of the brain work.  Creativity is work!  From Bob Dylan and Milton Glaser to 3M Corporation and Pixar, Lehrer helps us to understand the creative process.  I couldn't put it down.

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$26.00
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ISBN: 9780547386072
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 19th, 2012

The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey

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Heather

A childless couple move to Alaska in the 1920's to become homesteaders.  Their lives are transformed by the snow child who enters their lives and reclaims their hearts.  Based on a Russian fairy tale, this story will keep you enchanted from start to end.  Mysterious.  Mystical.

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$31.00
ISBN: 9780316175678
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - February 1st, 2012

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